Once seen as purely a ‘gap filler’ while waiting for a permanent job, temping is a real option for many people, and delivers a number of other benefits to not only your job search, but also to your CV.
1. Firstly, as already mentioned, it will fill a gap.
If you are in between jobs, have recently been laid off, or are entering the workforce for the first time, temporary work can be a useful addition on your CV to show you are prepared to do whatever it takes to work. It’s far easier to explain a less than ideal ‘temp role’ than weeks, months or even years of no work!
2. An opportunity to try before you buy!
Temporary work can provide a great avenue to try different industries and jobs without the commitment required of a full time job.
3. Open new doors.
Temporary work can provide you with a great platform to showcase your skills and expertise. You will grow your network of contacts who can be valuable in your job search. You will come away with references and work experience that can prove invaluable in your job search.
4. It may turn into a permanent job.
Many companies operate a ‘temp to perm’ scenario whereby if after a set period of time, all parties are keen to continue to work together, the role may move into a permanent position.
5. It provides an income.
At the end of the day we have bills to pay and commitments to meet and whilst it may not be the ‘perfect’ job for you – it can remove some of the financial pressure and stresses while you find that job!
I have clients that love the unpredictability and flexibility that Temporary work can bring. It suits their lifestyle, their financial circumstances, and most of all it provides them with an opportunity to explore different industries and organisations. It may not be a long term option for you, but you can’t ignore some of the many benefits it can deliver.
Author: Lyndal Clark
Lyndal Clark is a highly knowledgeable and approachable Career Coach at My Coach, and is well known for her ability to relate to and interact effectively with young adults. With significant experience in HR, Recruiting, Training and Employment Coaching, Lyndal is extremely successful in helping young adults transition into employment.
My Coach provides expert coaching in all areas of employment including creating compelling cover letters and stand-out CV’s and provides tailored 1:1 interview training and support. For further information: www.mycoach.net.nz, www.facebook.com/CoachLyndal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.